‘Lord of the Flies’ All-Female Cast Version in Development

Warner Bros. set to release alternate take on the William Golding classic.

August 31, 2017 10:00 am

If you are a product of the American public school system, you’ve probably read Lord of the Flies (or at least your teacher thought you did). It was YA before YA was a thing, and can be thanked for inspiring everything from Survivor and Lost to Castaway and Gilligan’s Island.

But something the 1954 William Golding novel—or two subsequent theatrical versions—didn’t have in it? Girls.

As far as Warner Bros. is concerned, it doesn’t need to stay that way.

According to Deadline, the movie studio has cut a deal with director Scott McGehee and producer David Siegel—who’ve teamed up on movies like What Maisie Knew (2012) and The Deep End (2001)—to produce a version of Lord of the Flies that features young girls stranded on the island.

“We want to do a very faithful but contemporized adaptation of the book, but our idea was to do it with all girls rather than boys,” Siegel told Deadline. “It is a timeless story that is especially relevant today, with the interpersonal conflicts and bullying, and the idea of children forming a society and replicating the behavior they saw in grownups before they were marooned.”

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